Back in 2018 I was invited to wakeboarding World Cup in Jordan. For sure one of the best trips in my wakeboarding career. Everyone arrived to Istanbul airport and we all took the same flight to Aqaba. World cup events are as international as it gets. They always look for the best riders from as many countries as possible. The best thing about events like this is I get to meet friends from all over the world. Old school riders like Marc Shuster and Diego Barragan from the other side of the Atlantic ocean, I haven’t seen in years.
Got settled into Hilton on the first night and spent the week wakeboarding, playing golf and going on bike trips. Nights were all about hanging out, enjoying everything Aqaba has to offer, and soaking in Jordan’s amazing history & culture. My performance at the event was not great, so I did not even make it to the semis, but the experience was amazing nonetheless.
After the main event we spent an extra day in Jordan as tourists. Early in the morning we took the bus to Petra, one of the great wonders of the world. That place from the final clash in one of them Transformers movies. History of this amazing place goes way back into 7000 B.C. In the beginning of the first century Petra became the focus of wealth and trading business in this region. Walking down gorge Siq is just as incredible as the main city itself. After that we took a jeep ride through Wadi Rum desert, finishing up with dinner at the premises.
Wakeboarding has taken me all over the world, meeting new people, learning about culture and exploring has always been one of my greatest passions. Looking forward to more stories like this in the future.